It is alarming just how widespread radicalism is becoming in society, according to Mahfud MD, a member of the presidential working unit for the implementation of the state ideology of Pancasila (UKP Pancasila).
This is especially problematic considering the number of Indonesian youths that idolize radicals.
“There are worries that radical tendencies are spreading. A recent survey indicated that the idols of many youths are in radical groups,” Mahfud said, during the recent Forum Merdeka Barat 9 media gathering at the Communication and Information Ministry.
According to Mahfud, the government, through UKP Pancasila, was working to make use of Pancasila-based educational values to deal with these fears and quell radicalism by way of unity.
“Right now, Pancasila education is no longer in schools. Then come these worries. So we have to once again strengthen the implementation of Pancasila education,” Mahfud said, as quoted by kompas.com.
Mahfud added that the government would not be selective in cracking down on radical mass organizations. He denied accusations that the government was only hard on Islamic organizations.